External Funding Opportunities
CREES tracks a variety of grant opportunities for students at all levels. Grant funding is available underwrite the cost of tuition and living expensive, support travel to research collections, fund special projects, provide study abroad support, and offer special training or internship opportunities. Each grant has a different profile: types of students who are eligible, what topics or areas qualify for support, dollar amounts of awards, and application process. Interested students should consult each granting agency for further information concerning eligibility, application process, and deadlines.
Grants to support graduate study
Henry J. Talge Memorial Scholarship (for undergraduates or entering MA students from Kansas)
Students from the Kansas City metropolitan area are eligible for the Henry J. Talge Memorial Scholarship, which is offered through the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Foundation. Students entering the junior or senior year of undergraduate study or the first year of graduate study who are focusing on international studies are eligible for this award of $5,000. Applicants must have their permanent address in the five-county Kansas City metro area (Jackson, Platte, Clay, Johnson, and Wyandotte counties). For more information, contact the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Foundation.
Kansas Board of Regents, James B. Pearson Fellowships for Graduate Studies Abroad (for current students from Kansas)
Awards of up to $10,000 for students in graduate programs in Kansas who have been residents of Kansas for at least five years. Supports study in international programs that focus on foreign affairs. Deadline is usually in April. Contact: Kansas Board of Regents; 700 SW Harrison, Ste 1410; Topeka , KS 66603
Phone: (785) 296-3517
Council of Higher Education (Current and prospective students)
The Council of Higher Education provides scholarships to American and Canadian students of Czech, Slovak and/or Ruthenian descent who plan to continue education in undergraduate and graduate programs on the basis of need and academic achievement or excellence.
SSRC Eurasia Programs (Current students)
- Graduate Training Fellowships
up to $10,000 for three to nine months, designed to enable graduate students intending to pursue a Ph.D. to enhance their disciplinary, methodological or language training in relation to research on the former Soviet Union or its successor States. Not for dissertation research; applicants should not have yet submitted a dissertation prospectus or proposal to their departments.
- Dissertation Write-Up Fellowships
$15,000 for one academic year, to provide support to graduate students currently enrolled in doctoral programs in the social sciences and humanities who have completed dissertation research and who expect to complete the writing of the dissertation during the academic year.
- US Department of Education, Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program (Prospective and current students)
The program provides financial assistance to students who have demonstrated (1) superior academic ability and achievement; (2) exceptional promise; and (3) financial need to undertake graduate study leading to a doctoral degree or Master of Fine Arts (MFA). The Department of Education awards fellowships in selected fields of study of the arts, humanities and social sciences.
American Association of University Women Fellowships (for entering and current women students, including international students)
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowships funds full-time study in a degree program. The application deadline for this award is in December. For more information, contact:
American Association of University Women
1111 Sixteenth St. N.W.
PEO International Peace Scholarship Fund (for international women students)
The PEO International Peace Scholarship Fund offers scholarships of $6,000 for women planning to study as international students at American universities. You must request an application from the PEO Sisterhood before August 15. For information about the scholarship, contact:
3700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA50312
Grants for study abroad
American Council of Learned Societies
American Councils sponsors dozens of programs for students, teachers and scholars in Eastern Europe, Southeastern Europe and Eurasia. Its main mission is to promote the development of democracy and civil society through educational exchanges.
- ACLS East European Studies Programs (current students)
- Fellowships for Dissertation Research/Writing in East European Studies
up to $15,000 for one year beginning in June. Intended solely for work on the dissertation (applicants must be ABD).
- East European Language Training Grants
Grants are available in amounts up to $2,500 for intensive summer language study of East European languages.. These grants will support elementary or intermediate study in the US (in exceptional cases, proposals to study in Eastern Europe will also be considered), or advanced study in Eastern Europe. Eligible languages are Albanian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, and Slovene.
American Institute for Foreign Study 
Semester scholarships of $1000 and summer scholarships of $750 for AIFS programs in Prague. Scholarships of $2500 for programs in St. Petersburg.
Council on International Educational Exchange, International Study Programs Scholarships BAD PAGE LINK
$1000 toward program fees in Council Study Center programs in Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Russia.
Institute of International Education, Fulbright Fellowship Competitions (Current undergraduate and graduate students)
Annual competition for awards to graduating seniors, young professionals, artists and graduate students to over 100 countries. Specific eligibility requirements and other application details are available from IIE's regional offices or university Fulbright Program Advisers.
International Research and Exchanges Board, IREX programs support research and field work related to education, civil society, media, and information technology in East Europe and Eurasia.
Kosciuszko Foundation, The Kosciuszko Foundation supports educational, scientific, and cultural exchanges to strengthen ties between the United States and Poland.
National Security Education Program (Current graduate and undergraduate students)
Awards for Undergraduate and Graduate students to add a vital international dimension to their studies. With a Boren Scholarship or Fellowship, you can study in and about areas of the world critical to US national security where most US students do not study - grants do not fund study in Western Europe, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. You are required to include the study of a language as part of your program; however, your program may or may not focus primarily on language acquisition. Your global study as a Boren Scholar/Fellow must have a justifiable connection with national security. As a Boren Scholar/Fellow you seek employment with either the federal government or higher education.
- Boren Graduate Fellowships provide you with a major opportunity to add a critical and meaningful international dimension to your graduate studies both through domestic study of a language and overseas study. You are eligible to receive as much as $10,000 per semester for overseas study for up to two semesters - a maximum of $20,000. You may also receive as much as $12,000 of support for domestic language and area studies over a 24-month period. You can combine both domestic and overseas support for a maximum award amount of $28,000.
- Boren Undergraduate Scholarships will support summer programs of at least six weeks. This support is available to both freshmen and sophomores, as well as to applied science and engineering students at all levels. Boren summer awards carry a minimum amount of $2,500 up to the cost of the program. Semester Study: NSEP will support full semester study with a minimum of $4,000 and a maximum of $10,000. Year Study: NSEP will support full year study with a minimum of $6,000 and a maximum of $20,000 for a full academic year.
SSRC International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program (Advanced current students)
Awards up to $18,000 for 9 to 12 months of field research and related expenses. The program provides support for full-time graduate students in the social sciences and humanities. Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. requirements except the fieldwork component.
Human Rights Watch, Schell Fellowship and Finberg Fellowship
Fellows work full time for one year with one or more divisions of Human Rights Watch, based in New York or Washington, DC. Proficiency in one language in addition to English is strongly recommended. The salary is $35,000. Familiarity with countries or regions where serious human rights violations occur is also valued. Fellows must be recent law, journalism, international relations or area studies graduates by no later than June . Fellowships begin in the early fall.
Institute of International Education, Professional Development Fellowships
Fellowship program for young American researchers in policy and public administration-related fields who want to develop a specialized knowledge of the NIS or East and Central Europe. Grants are available for periods of three to seven months. Applicants must be in the last year of graduate or professional study, or have completed such study within the last five years. Applications solely in support of dissertation research or language research will not be considered.